Last year, parishes across North America gave out the printed booklet, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2016. It featured a reflection for each day, followed by a daily stewardship challenge. We received great feedback and were happy to enrich the lives of many during this season of preparation.
THIS YEAR, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2017 will be entirely ONLINE! You will be able to access the daily reflections and challenges right in this spot. In addition, you will be able to sign-up for a daily email receiving the reflection, challenge, and link to the online site for social media sharing. All content will be brand new for 2017 and written by Tracy Earl Welliver. Sign up today!
In the meantime, check out the book, Everyday Stewardship: Reflections for the Journey, and the booklet, Everyday Stewardship Way of the Cross, by clicking here.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
I have to smile when I read in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” I smile because I know that in today’s world few people owe nothing to anyone. We have credit card debt, mortgages, student loans, car loans, and new loans to consolidate old loans. It would seem that we actually owe everything to everyone.
These debts are of this world. I am pretty sure no one residing in heaven is still making mortgage payments. We have created contracts in this world to make possible certain transactions of goods, services, and shelter. But there is one thing that we naturally owe one another and that lasts longer than our time on earth: love.
You do not need to take out a loan to have more love to give. There also is no limit to the love you have been given to share. However, it is the one gift that we sometimes treat with the least respect. We hold back love due to sins of pride, prejudice, and apathy. We distort and manipulate love for our own gain and selfish desires. We can find ourselves placing more importance on the things for which we have taken out loans than the love that is eternal.
I am trying the best I can to get to a point where I no longer owe anything to banks and mortgage lenders. I don’t want to leave this world owing anyone for the earthly things I had in this life. But even more importantly, I realize the shame it would be to leave people behind that didn’t get enough love from me. There is nothing greater than love.